A Vietnamese national was Monday morning arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for illegal possession of eight lion canine teeth, three lion claws and two warthog teeth.
The illegal wildlife products were concealed inside a Thermos Flask, wrapped with foiled paper in checked-in luggage.
Hieu was booked at JKIA police station, awaiting arraignment in court on Tuesday when the courts will have found an interpreter.
The arrest comes shortly after the just-concluded 7th meeting of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee in Sochi, Russian Federation, where Parties to the Standing Committee approved Kenya to be
removed from the requirements to implement and report progress in the implementation of a National Ivory Action Plan (NIAP) as well as the National Ivory Action Plan.
The meeting approved Kenya’s exit from a group of countries with global concern on wildlife trafficking, infamously referred to as the gang of eight.
Kenya was one of the parties that had successfully participated in the NIAP process since May 2013 and substantially achieved its requirements
The meeting of the Standing Committee concluded that, Kenya has complied with the requirements of the NIAP process, and proved that the efforts put towards implementation of her NIAP process have contributed to controlling elephant poaching and illegal trafficking directly in the country and indirectly in the other implicated countries.
At the recently concluded Illegal Wildlife Trade meeting in London, where Kenya’s first Lady Ms Margaret Kenyatta, led the Kenyan delegation, Kenya gave pledges and committed to tighten all points of entry and exit to ensure that illegal traffickers of wildlife products are swiftly apprehended.